Here’s your quirky “just imagine” item for the week: Canadian man caught with 51 live turtles in his pants at U.S. border.
From the Canadian Press:
The U.S. federal court documents say officers with the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted Kai Xu as he attempted to cross into Windsor, Ont., from Detroit last month.
“During the secondary inspection, Xu was found to have 51 live turtles tapped (sic) to his person,” Kenneth Adams, a special agent with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, stated in an affidavit outlining the criminal complaint.
“Specifically, Xu had 41 turtles tapped (sic) to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs.”
Canadian authorities seized the turtles, which included North American varieties such as eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins — some of which sell for $800 each — and turned them over to American officials.
Ask anyone who ever had a pet turtle, or picked one up in the wilderness. It is amazing how strong they are, how hard they can push with their little, clawed legs.
The full story involves two alleged cases of reptile smuggling and even includes an actual stake out by intrepid U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents.
The size of the turtles was not specified.